PATU Annual Meeting (9-2-20)

PATU, our administrative state council, will hold its Annual Meeting on Saturday, September 19 from 9 to 11:30 am. The format of the meeting will be virtual this year because of Covid-19. What an opportunity for all of us to find out what’s going on at the Council level! Usually, attending the meeting meant a 3-7 hour drive and motel expense, but not this year.

The proposed agenda for the meeting can be viewed here. Chris Wood, President of TU, will join the conference at 11:00. To be included, you must register by September 13. Click here to do so. Instructions for participating in the Zoom meeting will be posted at a later date.

2020 Art Raffle: meet the artist: Tiffany London (8-28-2020)

Charles Cantella interviews this year’s Art Raffle artist, Tiffany London. Ms. London is a well-established fish and wildlife artist with a knack for adding original fish images to everyday items such as pillows, flower pots, kitchen chairs and Yeti coolers. Each commission is unique. Click here for Charles’ very interesting interview. Click Here to get to Tiffany’s website.

Pebble Mine project suffers a setback (8-30-2020)

The Trump administration, acting through the Army Corps of Engineers, has put a serious roadblock in the way of the Pebble Mine Project. The Corps of Engineers is requiring that Alaska issue a “certificate of reasonable assurance” that the Pebble Mine will comply with federal and state water quality laws. The Corps cannot issue a wetlands permit to Pebble without having Alaska sign off on it. Click here for an August 28 article from the Alaska Public Media.

Nick Cobler offers Tee shirts in honor of Jim Hoey (8-22-2020)

Nick Cobler, a PWWTU member and graphic designer, has developed a Tee shirt to honor the late Jim Hoey, owner of Hoey’s Fly Shop in the North Hills. The shirts come in many sizes and colors, and Nick plans to donate all proceeds from the sale of these shirts to PWWTU! Click here to get to Nick’s website and learn how to purchase a shirt.

URGENT action needed on Pebble Mine permit decision (8-21-20)

National TU is urging members to rejoin the fight against the Pebble Mine in Alaska. Many of you have supported the resistance to this huge and potentially dangerous project in the past. Action is needed now because our President is considering issuing a permit that would move the mine closer to reality. Click here for a link that will allow you to register your concern.

Chris Wood, President of TU, seeks your input on the proper role of stocking in fisheries management (8-15-20)

A Note to Trout Unlimited’s volunteers and members from Chris Wood, President: 

Trout Unlimited is developing a new strategic plan, and our approach to fisheries management is an important issue. A review of our approach to stocking is part of the process. While TU’s founding principles on the topic of stocking are clear and have been reaffirmed and expanded upon by the North American Salmonid Policy, there’s room to reconsider our position.

Let’s start with our vision:

Trout Unlimited’s Vision: By the next generation, Trout Unlimited will ensure that robust populations of native and wild cold-water fish once again thrive within their North American range, so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters.

Let’s end with Chris’s current Bottom Line:

TU has a reasoned priority that is based on science —native fish are paramount, wild fish come second, and stocked fish only belong where they do not harm wild and native salmonids and other native species.

Chris would like to hear from you on the fisheries management challenges you face in your area and how you see them aligning, or not, with TU’s approach to hatcheries. Email Chris Wood ([email protected])

Click Here for more information.

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Cicada Zombies (8-5-2020)

Joe Birsa sends in a very interesting (and apparently true) article about Cicadas being hijacked by a fungus. The fungus produces psychotropic chemicals which affect the Cicadas’ behavior in, shall we say, unusual ways. Verified by several Board members including Bryan Mathie who thinks: “Yes, it’s real, but the impact on the Cicada population is likely to be small because they reproduce quickly”.

It’s interesting that Asian cultures have eaten deep fried Cicadas for hundreds of years. Should you be tempted to follow suit, remember that fungi produce all sorts of harmful compounds as well as the happy ones. Plus, you’ll have to keep your oil hot for another 14? years until the next time they emerge. Click here for Joe’s original article. Click here for a confirming article from the Smithsonian.

Eight reasons to take up fly fishing during a Pandemic (7-22-20)

Bob Bukk recommends an article originally published in the Washington Post. The article is a humorous look at fly fishing and the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here for article.

National TU Conservation Update (7-15-2020)

Our parent organization is please to provide updates about major conservation efforts that are underway on a national level. “Protect, reconnect, restore, sustain”. Two web-based updates are coming up in July:

July 21 – Pacific Coast & Alaska TU Conservation Highlights (2PM)

July 29 – Interior West TU Conservation Highlights (12:30PM)

These sessions are designed to educate and inspire local TU leaders, but the information they contain is certainly relevant to local conservation efforts as well.